Cate Blanchett to make National Theatre debut

Cate Blanchett will star in her first production at the National Theatre in London next January.

She will star alongside Stephen Dillane in When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other: Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson’s Pamela.

The play has been written by Martin Crimp, inspired by Samuel Richardson’s 1740 novel Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded.

According to the National, the play “breaks through the surface of contemporary debate to explore the messy, often violent nature of desire, and the fluid, complicated roles that men and women play”.

It will be directed by Katie Mitchell and involves five characters acting out “a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance”.

Blanchett was expected to return to the London stage in a new adaptation of All About Eve but is said to have withdrawn as a result of a scheduling conflict.

Tickets for When We Have… will go on sale in the autumn.

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